Amarillo Single Hop IPA | Mikkeller ApS

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Amarillo Single Hop IPAAmarillo Single Hop IPA

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij.

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a somewhat hazy orange amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The is attractive and is all IPA goodness, consisting pepper, bitter citrus and a hint of sweet malt. Flavors replicate the nose very nicely, and this IPA is quite well balanced. It's on the dry side, and finishes with considerable bitterness, but pretty easy to take. Mouthfeel is fairly light on the palate, though it doesn't lack for flavor. drinkkability is very good, and the beer has a crisp, bitter finish that I normally only encounter in good pilsners. Very nice IPA, but it's time to move on (Max's has 9 single hop IPA's from Mikkeller today!).

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Photo of ADZA
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a nice semi see through amber hue with decent carbonation that leaves a frothy two finger head with sporadic lines of lacing all down the glass very impressive looking,the smell is a sudued mix of pineapple,pine,some citrus and feint caramel malts,it has a nice carbonated creamy mouthfeel to it with tastes of pineapple,grapefruit and some feint caramel malts which finishes with a tiny bitter hop kick to make this IPA very sessionable and not bitter as most IPA's,overall its definately a nice brew that would buy again but not my fav single hop IPA.

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Photo of peabody
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out really a nice cloudy yellow amber with two fingers of very small white suds and lots of beautiful lacing.
Smell is a wonderfull hop with pungent yeast and sweet malts. Some alcohol is in the nose.
Taste is very bitter and dry. Wow, not at all what it smells like.
Mouthfeel is very clean and the bitterness lasts and lasts.
Drinkability is very good here if you like the bitter side of the hop and not the floral fruity side.

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Photo of brendan13
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 2cm dense white head atop a slightly hazy orange. Bit of lacing is left down the glass.
S - Piney, citrusy/tropical fruit hop aroma with some subtle caramel notes.
T - Again hops up front. Pine, citrus & tropical fruit. Also some sweetish caramel notes to balance it.
M - Light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Quite a dry and bitter finish.
D - A nice beer worth trying for sure.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden orange color with a 2-finger off-white head that retains nicely and leaves some good lacing.

Nice fruity aroma of pineapple and orange with a little pine and caramel.

Taste is very floral with some pine and grapefruit noticeable throughout. A slight caramel sweetness comes in at the end.

Medium body and medium carbonation, the mouthfeel may be just a little thin. Not bad but nothing special either. One of those times when smelling it was more exciting than actually tasting.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had a date on the cap of 04/4/11 so I am hoping this is a relatively fresh sample. The color is orange witha good head that laces the glass. The smell is odd, hoppy but I can't pinpoint a specific aroma. The taste is bitter like aspirin with a hint of lemon and a decent malt going on. This was interesting and better than the Simcoe single hop I had previously from Mikkeller.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Churchkey in Washington, DC.

a - Pours an orange/amber color with one finger of white head.

s - Smells of citrus hops and soap.

t - Taste is floral and citrus hops. Also a little sweet malt.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation.

d - Ok, but not the best IPA. Wasn't the biggest fan of the floral and soapy smell this one had. Would try another Mikkeller Single Hop IPA over this one.

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Photo of gford217
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap as part of Mikkeller Mayhem at the Brick Store.

This one poured hazier than all the other version for some reason with a big creamy head that hung around for ages.

This had one of the better aromas of the IPAs with a big bright citrus aroma with oranges and pineapples. It seemed to be on the sweeter side of things as aroma go with a juicy citrus character to the whole thing

The taste isn't quite as heavy on the citrus and has a light lemon grass taste. Some light caramel malt sweetness. Citrus is still dominant but not as big as the aroma.

The mouthfeel is fairly light with less bitterness than some other of the single hops.

This is a solid IPA that was much more impressive in the aroma than the taste.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had 10 of these side by side on draft at Churchkey the other night -- nugget, amarillo, cascade, warrior, simcoe, chinook, eat kent, centennial, tomahawk, and Nelson Sauvin. It was a great experience to get all 10 of them side by side. Thank you Mikkeller for this great experiment in single hop IPAs. My reviews of these 10 beers may seem slightly redundant but they are different.

Beer was orangish and slightly burnt color. There is an overall slight haze to the beer. Carbonation is moderate and there forms a white head of medium to small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Amarillo is a great aroma hop and this beer delivers. Strong almost pineapple aroma rises out of this beer. Very strong, very inviting, citric fruit..yum.

Beer was medium to light in body, not much in the way of malt sweetness but the hop flavors are there. There is a hint of sulfur, bitterness is late and nice, not overpowering, less of a fruit flavor than I expected. Beer is perfectly drinkable, I enjoyed it but I've had better IPAs.

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Photo of bum732
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange, huge creamy head with great lacing. Smells of floral hops, some citrus. Tastes of sweet pilsner malt with some caramel as well. Hops comes through in the bitterness lending floral and some piney notes. Fairly pronounced bitterness leads to a fairly dry finish. Nice crisp mouthfeel.

A solid beer, really showcases the amarillo hop. I'm definitely going to try the other single hop beers of theirs.

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Photo of FishGetter
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mildly cloudy, thick head from aggresive pour. A darker orange grain apperance. Darker than most IPA's.
Mellow citrus hop aroma mixed with some peach and pear essence. Some breaddy yeast in there too.
More piney than citrus hop profile. Bitterness really kicks in midway to finish, clingy. Some caramel malts, but not enough to edge out hops.
Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Reallt builds with aggitation. Hop resins really cling to mouth. Long drawn out finish. Resins cling leaving mouth stale.
Most of the American IPA's that I really enjoy usually mention amarillo hops. I was entertained by the idea of a single hopped amarillo, however in this reviewers opinion this one fell short. Enjoyable, but too heavy on the mouthfeel and finish was really stale and not fresh. Really effected brew.

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Photo of CHickman
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber orange color with a massive 2 inch cloudy foamy tan head that lasts for a few minutes; great lacing that clings to the glass. Smells of sweet floral hops, sweet malt, grapefruit, orange peel, caramel and apple skins. I love the floral hop and citrus odor that poured from this glass and was able to kill the rank stale beer odor in the bar - an impressive nose indeed.

Very pungent hoppy odor, followed by a taste that blasts you with hops, mostly floral, followed by sweet malt, caramel, cinnamon, grapefruit/orange peel, grass and then slightly buttery taste. Quite a delicious flavor that is complex and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with very light carbonation. The finish is on the dry side with a warming feel that gives a hint of alcohol. A very enjoyable IPA that was extremely drinkable.

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Photo of richmof
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly cloudy with reasonable head.
Strong citrus on the nose, particularly lime, also a pungent herby hoppiness.
This is an IPA that is really to my taste. A fantastic flowery-hop flavour without overdoing the bitterness. The same citrus fruits as on the nose crop up in the mouth as well - lime but also grapefruit, yet devoid of any sourness.
As for drinkability, I gave it a 4.5 but really, I could drink this beer anytime, any place.

This is the first of the new range of Mikkeller single hop IPAs I have had the pleasure of trying and I am now looking forward to trying the others - I have the rest at home.

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Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Over-the-rim rocky head. Tight froth, lots of chunky lace. Lots of stringy cloudiness (very odd). Darker amber color.

Strong, but not overwhelming, floral pine-like hop aroma.

Very bitter flavor--more than most "regular" IPA's. Light malt flavor on the back of the tongue. The aftertaste is like sucking a hop pellet. Decent body with a lower than expected carbonation.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy orange gold with three fingers of off-white head.

Big juicy aroma of orange zest and herbal notes along with sweet caramel malts and some earthiness.

The taste is a medley of orange, grapefruit and light herbal bitterness along with the caramel malts for a nice balance.

Medium bodied and sticky with a moderate carbonation.

An easy-drinking and enjoyable American IPA. I really like this Single Hop series from Mikkeller. Keep them coming.

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Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge amount of creamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: A big aroma of hops, with a tinge of citrus.

T: Hops, hops and more hops. Very bitter, but has a nice taste of citrus and malt to help balance it out.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Another extremely drinkable, extremely well made beer from Mikkeller.

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Photo of Brad007
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, frothy head into my pint glass. Color is amber and boy, the head is large. Lacing takes forever to recede.

Aroma is full of grassy amarillo hops that also have a slight citrus feel to them. A bit of biscuit malt lies underneath.

Taste is full of a strong amarillo bite that intensifies and feels almost like chewing on an amarillo hop. Citrusy with a strong hint towards grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hop bite but the malt peeks out a bit more towards the back. Otherwise, this beer is all about Amarillo.

Definitely worth trying if you want to learn to tell the difference between different hop varieties. I see that Mikkeller has a few other single hop beers as well. This beer may overwhelm your palate a bit but the key is to sip it and write down what comes to your mind when you taste it. Excellent.

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Photo of popery
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, home. I love this line from Mikkeller. He makes a consistent, dry IPA with a big hop character, perfect for showing off each hop strain. I wish that I could try them all back to back, but it's still been an educational experience thus far. The Amarillo is no different. It's a persimmon-colored beer with a huge pillowy head, like a thick whipped cream. The malt is way off somewhere in the background, pushing the hops front and center. It's bitter, though definitely not the bitterest so far, with a big grapefruit rind note. Unlike Simcoe, which I would eat raw if it was cheaper, Amarillo doesn't quite work by itself. However, it's a pleasure to taste it alone here. Amarillo seems to have a sweet, candy orange flavor with a bitter grapefruit finish. It's a bit one-dimensional, but this beer is a big help in identifying the flavor in other beers with a mix of hops. It's just a bonus that it's also a fair bit better than most IPAs. Fun beer - I look forward to the next in the line.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a 1.5-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grapefruit hops with equal amounts of mild pine and tropical fruits. As the beer warms the tropical fruit aromas intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front quickly yield to grapefruit and mild tropical fruit hop flavors. The hops carry through to a solidly bitter ending. The hop flavors gain complexity as the beer warms with additions of earthy pine flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was certainly one of the better single-hop beers I've had from the series. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

Cap dated 04/11/11

A: Pours a wonderfully hazy dirty peach color, with a towering, manilla-envelope colored head that's pretty spingy and spongey and features incredible retention. Extreme amounts of lace webbing left behind, as well.

S: First whiff is a big snoot-full of (surprise, surprise!) Amarillo hops. Very earthy and herbal. Some hints of tropical fruit, toasty malt, and dried wild flowers, too.

T: Excellent peppery/spicy/herbal Amarillo hops. Also noticed a nice mix of toasted malt, spicy pine, orange rind, fresh cut grass, and tropical fruit.

M: Quite full bodied and extremely sticky. The mega-dose of Amarillo leaves a pleasant spicy/peppery burn plastered to every square inch of the inside of my mouth. Nice toasted malt dryness in the finish.

D: This hos varietal is one of my favorites and I love what Mikkeller has done with it. Good show, Mikkel!

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been waiting for this one the most in the single hop series.

I poured it into a tulip. The head on it lasted quite a while and left a spongy lacing around the glass that stuck well. There was still a froth on top after the head was gone. Color was a cloudy caramel.

The smell has a big citrus quality. It's an exotic citrus smell not too far off from a mix of orange and lemon. There's a slight belgian yeast quality to the scent as well. Maybe I'm just imagining it though. The malt backs it up lending a slight sweet scent.

The taste is wonderfully smooth. You get a nice burst of tangy citrus and a pleasing bitterness hits in the end. It's a really full flavor. The malt is a sturdy backbone to the beer. Nothing different from a normal American IPA that hasn't been said before. Alcohol is not much of a factor.

Mouthfeel is creamy and wonderfully carbonated for the style. Very nice, very smooth. The alcohol could catch up with you though.

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Photo of OskarL
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy, amber, thick head that stays for a while and leaves lacing.

Smell - A lot of Amarillo hops, that reminds me of exotic fruits like passionfruit, peaches and citrus.

Taste - Lots of hops with a sweet malty back, that makes it perfectly balanced. The fruit taste stays in the background.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with some carbonation.

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Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis & hopdog for this...
Appears a hazy dark toasted, golden brown with small off-white head and mild collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of orange/citrus blasted hops with some toasty caramel malts.
Taste is of the above mentioned aromas with a mild yeastyness and plenty of hoppy goodness standing out.
Mouthfeel is dry, sweet, mildly bitter, and well balanced.

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Amarillo Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
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